Sunday 11th June, 2006

 

Three teens win United World Colleges scholarships

 
 
 
 
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By Ian Gooding

Three 16-year-olds, Antinea Ascione, Lauren Ali and Yanik Quesnel, will be heading off to New Mexico, Wales and Costa Rica respectively on United World Colleges (UWC) scholarship in September.

The trio collected documents confirming their successful applications at a ceremony organised by UWC (T&T) Trust chairman Dr Axel Kravatsky, sponsors and members of the national committee at the Marriott Hotel on Monday.

Kravatsky said the UWC offers a unique pre-university experience to young people between the ages of 15 and 18, dedicated to boosting international understanding and co-operation and turning the students into young men and women who can make a positive impact on the lives of the people of their countries.

Today, there is a network of 11 United World Colleges and students study towards the International Baccalaureate (IB) for two years and at the college in Venezuela. Currently, one student Kerishma Ramoutar, is studying towards an Agricultural Farm Management Diploma in three years.

Sponsors of the programme include Aegis Management Solutions, BWIA, CMMB, Schlumberger and Terra Forma. Two students now in their second year, Sera-Leigh Ghouralal now in Hong Kong and Ashley Jhagroo in Canada, shared their experiences with the gathering.

Criteria for the scholarships are that students must be currently preparing for CXC examinations, be between 16 and 17 and be talented inside and outside of the classroom.

 

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